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NEWS: Herman Cain's Devolving Views, The Quake, The Islamists, And A Big, Hairy Gubernatorial Candidate

Road Herman Cain now supports federal marriage ban ...

Road ... and did you know he came to Washington as a lobbyist?

Mr. Cain ran the National Restaurant Association, a once-sleepy trade group that he transformed into a lobbying powerhouse. He allied himself closely with cigarette makers fighting restaurant smoking bans, spoke out against lowering blood-alcohol limits as a way to prevent drunken driving, fought an increase in the minimum wage and opposed a patients’ bill of rights — all in keeping with the interests of the industry he represented.

Road Up-to-the-minute reporting on the Turkish quake.

Road Koch-brothers fund study that proves global warming is ... real!

Road Rick Perry's weird love affair: Man, son, daughter, and arsenal.  

"I wish my son and my daughter were here with us today,” he said. "They would truly enjoy this, but from my perspective that’s part of America is walking across that hillside with one of your children hunting whatever it might be ... "

Road Awesome story on Haruki Murakami and his massive new book, 1Q84.

RupertBoneham Road Survivor's Rupert Boneham will run for the governorship of Indiana.

Road Dlisted covers the monarchy with appropriate subtlety and tact: Michael K on the romantic misadventures of "Prince Hot Ginge."

Road More context on Libyan religious craziness.

Road The USA isn't doomed! According to the Telegraph, "The 21st Century may be American after all." That is, if we're willing to frack.

Road Home release deets for Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows, Part II.

Road P.Z. Myers and Lavender ponder the friendly relations between atheists and LGBTs.

Road Also: There is no such thing as pink.


Scenes From The Turkish Earthquake


AFTER THE JUMP, disturbing footage from the immediate aftermath of the 7.3 magnitude earthquake that devastated Eastern Turkey today, toppling at least 25 apartment buildings, a student dormitory, a "health services" building, and part of a hospital in the lakeside town of Ercis, and several large buildings in downtown Van, the provincial capital.

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News: Brendon Ayanbadejo, Donald Trump, Kevin Keller, Appalachia

 road Rosie O'Donnell boycotts Donald Trump by canceling a stay at the Trump Towers.

Nfl  road NFL player and marriage equality supporter Brendon Ayanbadejo doesn't think it would be a big deal if a football player came out: "Ayanbadejo said it would be harder to exclude an all-star who came out than a player clinging to a roster spot. Just as players who have exceptional skills don't have to follow every rule, a gay player at the top of his sport would probably not face as much derision. 'If someone is a great player, things become invisible.'"

 road President Obama has offended the country's carnival barkers.

 road Christian pride flag stolen outside of church in Iowa for the sixth time in a year.

 road Lesbian writer Joanna Russ has died at 74.

Kevinkeller  road Kevin Keller's Army general father accepts his son for who he is.

 road Republican Denny Rehberg, the 23rd richest member of Congress, wants you to know that he is "struggling like everyone else."

 road Watch: Britney Spears "Femme Fatale" tour rehearsal video.

 road Meredith Vieira to exit the Today Show.

 road On set photos of Andrew Garfield shooting the latest Spider-man movie.

 road Jerry Seinfeld mocks Donald trump: "All comedians love Donald Trump. If God gave comedians the power to invent people, the first person we would invent is Donald Trump."

 road "Growing Up Gay and Transgendered in Appalachia."

 road The recent deadly tornado out break is now officially the second worst in the country's history.

Watch: St. Louis Airport Struck By Tornado

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Officials at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport have released a couple of surveillance tapes from Friday night when a tornado tore through the facility sparking passengers and TSA employees to dart for cover. No deaths or seriously injuries were reported but the airport sustained major damage. Incoming flights resumed last night.

Watch the dramatic security camera footage, AFTER THE JUMP.

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News: Ben Cohen, UFOs, Montenegro, Malcolm X

 road Madonna's jacket announces that she is "The Queen."

Bc  road What a deal: Ben Cohen auctions the shirt off his back for $325.

 road Comedy Central celebrates 20 years: "'We have never wanted to be all comedy to all people,' said the channel’s president, Michele Ganeless. Doug Herzog, who oversees Comedy Central and two other channels owned by Viacom, said, 'Everybody’s doing some comedy, but nobody’s doing exactly what we’re doing.'"

 road More casting news for The Dark Knight Rises.

 road The FBI opens its vault on UFOs.

 road Looks like being voted off American Idol was the best thing that could have happened to Pia Toscano.

 road Video has emerged of a 48-foot tsunami striking Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

 road Iowa town is demolished by twister.

Mx  road New book makes new gay claims about Malcolm X: "Supported with evidence from an earlier autobiography, rumours of flirtations with gay sex confirm that Malcolm Little, as he was then, became involved with an older man and a hustler. As documented in the book, the hustler named Rudy was 'paid to undress them both, then pick up the old man like a baby, lay him on his bed, then stand over him and sprinkle him all over with talcum powder. Rudy said the old man would actually reach his climax from that.'"

 road The remake of Arthur takes the number 2 spot at the box office.

 road Montenegro prime minister supports gay pride parade: "Whether we personally accept them or not, whether we personally have one opinion or the other, let that remain our personal thought, but we must face the fact that there are differences in the society, that those issues are a part of the human rights corpus. Let the people take a walk and we will show that we are civilized."

Watch: Dog Tsunami Victim Won't Leave Other Dog's Side


A heartbreaking reminder that many animals were victims of the earthquake/tsunami as well.


Writes Kenn Sakurai on Facebook:

"This is what it's like when we could find the dogs at the actual disaster area. The white has gotten weak but the brown one is not allowing to get closer. The TV crew shot this. We have already got these dog. But it too two hours to take them to the closest shelter. The guys who had done that had the bigger plastic cage on the back of the bike. Having such weight on the back is risky for going the way with no road...Those two dogs are rescued. The one which came close to the camera is in the better condition. The other White, Gray and Black was weak. So it is in the vet clinic in Ibaraki Prefectre. The other dog is in the shelter of the same area. But please know that those two are just the tip of the iceberg. There are more and we need help."

Sakurai works at Butch-Japan - an animal rescue organization. Donations at PayPal can be accepted at If you want to read more, go to his Facebook page, and here.

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